What We Love
- Upscale beachfront stay at the first Nordic balneological health resort, with a supersized spaStaying right by the beach in Larvik, with Oslo within driving distance
- Blissing out in the supersized spa, the largest in Scandinavia at 2,500 square metres
- Booking yoga, body-balancing and meditation classes at the brilliant on-site gym
What To Know
- The Larvik Museum and Larvik Train Station are just a 5- and 10-minute walk away respectively
- You Can arrange mediation classes and walking tours through the hotel
- Free WiFi
It’s unexpectedly cool at this futuristic property in the under-the-radar town of Larvik, on Norway’s south coast. Opened in 2009, it’s fast become a go-to spot for guests seeking a relaxed stay with beach access and top-notch pampering. And best of all, it’s within driving distance from Oslo – Norway’s easy-going capital offering endless amounts of breathtaking natural landscapes.
Farris Bas is the first Nordic balneological health resort – so, as you may expect, it’s the expansive, 27,000-sq.-ft. on-site spa that truly steals the show here. Features including a swimming pool, Turkish bath, sauna, hot tubs and a plethora of treatments ranging from couples massages to signature facials. You’ll have a chance to indulge in utter tranquillity, as you take in the gorgeous and calming views out to the sea.
When it comes to dining, Farris Bad has it covered with a signature restaurant showcasing sophisticated Norwegian-influenced fare created with locally-produced and mostly organic ingredients. There’s also a bar for cocktails and craft beers, a brilliant gym for cardio workouts and scheduled classes, and 176 guest rooms and suites assuring minimalist-inspired, contemporary decor, coupled with plenty of living space and ample mod cons.
How to Get There
The thing is, few Norwegian hotels are actually great. Either they are old fashioned, without any personality, under staffed, or just dull.
Farris Bad is a spa hotel beautifully located next to the Larvik harbour. A nice seaside scenery. It should be a golden opportunity to blast you away. But it doesn’t.
Because the hotel is nothing special inside. Ordinary rooms, ordinary public areas, a less than ordinary gym, but a decent spa.
The food is ordinary, the service is good, but yet again, nothing special.
The hotel should be a jewel, but falls into the trap of being of many.
After a marvellous drive from Lillehammer featuring brooding mountains, blooming wildflowers, lakes, forests, and fields, we arrived in Larvik and checked into the Farris Bad hotel that seems to straddle village and beach in a way that both both blends in and stands out.
While our room on the second floor was comfy with a big bathroom featuringtub and shower, plus a balcony that overlooked the little beach and out towards the ferry, it felt a little dark in places and a few more plug outlets might not have gone amiss. However, this was just a small gripe.
The hotel is most famous for its spa. The one at Farris Bad was the best I have ever been to – and that’s saying something. From glass-fronted saunas – one overlooking the sea – to a hot spring pool in cave-like surroundings, jets of water that massage your shoulders or feet, sitz baths, salt rubs, steam-baths, and a cold plunge pool, it was awesome in every way. I was told it is the biggest spa in Norway and I can believe that.
Sadly there was no time for the breakfast included in the price as we had a ferry to catch, but the staff sent us on our way with a few sandwiches and fruit in a paper bag. Ferris Bad is definitely a hotel I’d like to return to, just to luxuriate in that beautiful spa again.
One of the most beautiful and peaceful hotels. The artwork, the architecture and environment was stunning. Hotel service was great. The Sauna rituals stand on their own and are worth the trip! Heaven.